• How to Get a Killer Smile

    We would all love to have a smile that lights up the room and makes you feel like a Hollywood star, so aside from proper brushing and flossing, what else can you do to achieve your dream look? Read on to find out!

    Whitening

    Tooth whitening is one of the most affordable and fast ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. There is a huge range of options for whitening procedures including both at-home and in-chair treatments. The right choice for you will depend on your budget, time constraints and the overall effect you want to achieve. Whitening is a great first step in your smile makeover to give you an instant confidence boost.

    Braces

    Braces are the most popular way to correct tooth alignment for adults and children across Australia. A system of brackets and wires across your teeth helps to slowly guide them into the correct position to reveal a beautiful straight smile when treatment is complete. Braces are an affordable way to realign teeth. Here at Tony Weir Orthodontics, we offer tooth-coloured brackets to give a subtler look.

    Lingual Braces

    If you want to straighten your teeth without wearing visible braces, then lingual braces – also known as ‘incognito braces’ are a great option. For this treatment, the brackets and wires attach to the back of your teeth so they are much less noticeable and don’t distort the natural contour of your lips so they won’t affect your speech in the same way.

    Invisalign

    Invisalign is the future of tooth realignment. This system uses a series of clear, removable brace trays to straighten your teeth with guaranteed results. Your treatment will be mapped out using 3D imaging so your progress is highly predictable, and the aligners are virtually invisible. Our patients find that wearing their Invisalign trays is very comfortable and, as they can be removed for eating and cleaning, they affect your daily life much less than traditional braces.

    Reshaping

    If you only have one or two small imperfections in your teeth then reshaping or contouring could be the solution for you. This simple procedure can correct irregularities in the shape and texture of your teeth, such as small chips, pointy canines, overlong teeth or surface flaws. Contouring can also be carried out in conjunction with realignment treatment such as braces or Invisalign to complete your smile transformation.

    Removable Appliances

    Once you’ve completed treatment to achieve that killer smile, now you have to maintain it! Orthodontic procedures such as braces or Invisalign are highly successful in realigning your teeth and perfecting your smile; however, in order to keep your teeth from shifting back into incorrect position, you’ll need to use a removable appliance (or retainer ) after your treatment. This can be a clear retainer worn at night, a plate retainer for upper or lower arches or a discreet bonded retainer on your lower front teeth.

    To find out how the Tony Weir Orthodontics team can help you to get the killer smile you’ve always dreamed of, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • How to Choose an Orthodontist

    Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision as you will be spending significant time and money on your treatment. Below, we list some of the key factors to consider when making your decision.

    a young female orthodontist stands in her treatment room with a family of patients

    Convenient Location

    When searching for a new orthodontist, finding a practice in a convenient location is an important factor. Make sure the location fits into your daily routine and not simply near your home – if you are planning orthodontic treatment for yourself then a location near to your workplace will be most convenient. If you are arranging treatment for your child, a practice near their school will minimise time away from the classroom. The Tony Weir team works out of two offices in Corinda and Greenslopes so you can arrange appointments at whichever location is best for you.

    Practical Opening Times

    At Tony Weir, we understand it can be difficult to fit orthodontic appointments into your busy schedule, so we offer extended opening times for your convenience. Tuesday-Saturday, one of our offices is open from 7.45am so you have the freedom to make appointments before school or work begins for the day. In addition to this, our Corinda office is open on Saturdays for those times when a weekday appointment just isn’t possible.

    Advanced Technology

    We believe that in order to give the best possible care to our patients, it is vital to keep up with the latest advances in orthodontic technology, including the best in diagnostic imaging and treatment services. One example of the technology that we use is heat-activated brace wires which control the rate of your teeth movement and result in fewer adjustment visits.

    Client Focus

    Orthodontic treatment can take upwards of 12 months to complete, so you want to know that you’ll be spending time in a caring environment with dental and office staff who put patient needs first. At Tony Weir Orthodontics, we see your first consultation as the start of our relationship and pledge to always do the very best we can in looking after you, we listen to you when you talk and do our very best to minimise waiting times.

    Leaders in the Field

    Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, braces or combined treatments, you want to be safe in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable team. Our practice was the first in Australia to achieve platinum-level certification from Invisalign and our founder, Dr Weir, has continued to drive the practice forward ever since. With over 30 years of experience, Dr Weir is not only a highly qualified orthodontic specialist but also a lecturer and clinical consultant for Invisalign internationally.

    Reputation

    A great way to choose your next orthodontist is by relying on recommendations, testimonials and past patient experiences. When you know patients before you have had successful treatment and a positive orthodontic experience, it gives you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision. Check out our smile gallery to see the stunning transformations we have worked to achieve for real patients.

    Understand the Costs

    Shopping around for treatment doesn’t just mean choosing the cheapest service but finding a solution that is right for your unique needs. At Tony Weir, we do not claim to be the cheapest practice in Brisbane, but we are committed to providing the best possible treatment using the most appropriate products. We will provide you with a detailed treatment quotation in advance so that there are no nasty surprises and no hidden costs. We can also offer payment plans to help ease the burden.

    To learn more about what we offer at Tony Weir Orthodontics, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • Our Easy Guide to Cleaning Your Teeth with Braces

    Braces can achieve amazing results in straightening and realigning your teeth, but it’s important to look after both your teeth and your braces throughout the entire treatment. When you’re going through the discomfort and expense of wearing braces for a length of time, the last thing you want is to cause tooth decay, gum disease or tooth staining from improper oral care. Below, we list some top tips on how to look after your teeth with braces.

    a woman smiles wearing braces while she holds up dental cleaning tools

    Get the Right Brush

    When you’re wearing a brace with brackets, wires and sometimes elastics, there are a lot of additional places for food particles to become trapped in your mouth and risk causing a build-up of bacteria. In order to clean these small surfaces and harder to reach areas, you should choose a brush with a smaller head. Try the Oral B ‘Ortho’ manual toothbrush or ‘Ortho’ head for electric toothbrushes which are specially designed to clean around braces.

    Be Gentle

    It can be tempting to be more enthusiastic with your tooth brushing when cleaning around a brace as you’re worried about getting rid of any debris, but be careful not to aggravate gums that could be sore from recent orthodontic treatment or brace adjustment. Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles and brush thoroughly but gently, covering all four quadrants of your mouth in turn.

    Use a Floss Threader

    Trying to floss teeth under braces isn’t easy, but you can simplify the process by using an orthodontic floss threader. This is a thin piece of flexible plastic that you can thread like a needle to get floss onto the other side of teeth. Floss picks are another tool that can make flossing easier with braces – these have a short section of floss held between two prongs that you can use with one hand to get between the brace brackets.

    Kill Bacteria with Mouthwash

    If you’re worried that you can no longer reach every part of your mouth with a toothbrush or floss now that you have a brace , then make sure to use mouthwash as part of your oral care routine. Mouthwashes such as Colgate Advanced Pro-Shield have antibacterial properties to kill 99% of germs on contact, reduce the build-up of plaque and help to prevent gingivitis. On top of this the mouthwash will leave you with fresh breath and 12 hours of protection against germs – what more could you want!

    For more advice on cleaning your teeth with braces from the team of ortho-experts at Tony Weir Orthodontics, call us now on 07 3054 6767 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

  • Why Braces Are Still the Most Popular Way to Straighten Your Teeth

    Do you want to straighten your teeth and feel more confident about your smile?

    A variety of orthodontic options exist today for people looking into getting braces . From traditional metal braces to clear Invisalign aligners, it can be a challenge to decide which choice is the best for your particular needs.

    Close up of woman’s smile with traditional metal braces on teeth

    An experienced orthodontist will be able to assess your individual needs and work with you to explain the benefits of each type. Let’s take a look at traditional braces – the best known practice in orthodontics, and still the most popular option to correct misaligned teeth in children, teenagers and adults around Australia.

    How the Treatment Works

    Braces are a combination of brackets and wires attached to the front of your teeth. The brackets grip onto your teeth while the wires are loosened or tightened to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

    Traditionally metal, some orthodontists also offer tooth-coloured brackets, making them far less visible than the conventional metal type.

    The length of your treatment will depend on how far your teeth need to be moved. Some cases will take only a few months; others, a few years. We take into account such factors as the patient’s age and health, as older patients will require longer treatments due to their denser jaw bones.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Braces

    Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control he needs to move the teeth in small increments at a time.

    The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance. While less noticeable orthodontics like Invisalign may seem like a better choice for those who are conscious of their appearance, today’s braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of colour options for both the brackets and the elastics. Wearing these types of braces also means that you don’t have to worry about ever misplacing your aligners.

    Who Are Braces Suitable for?

    Both children and adults can benefit from getting their teeth properly aligned. It’s recommended that children start their treatment once they’ve gotten all their permanent teeth (usually around age 7 or 8).

    Adult orthodontics are growing in popularity, and with an increasing range of options to fit in with your lifestyle, getting straight teeth can be easier than before. Adults can get their braces at any age, and while their treatment may take longer, they’re guaranteed to enjoy the final results just the same.

    Your best plan is to book in with an experienced and professional orthodontist for an individual consultation, to see what option is best for you.

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics we are specialists in a range of orthodontic treatments including traditional braces , lingual braces and invisible braces . If you’re interested in finding out more about braces, call us on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .

  • Why Adults Seek Orthodontic Treatment for Crooked Teeth

    Do you think that braces are only for the young? Then we need to let you in on a secret. We are seeing more adult patients than teenagers these days.

    Advances in modern orthodontic practices and the use of technology have created a wave of specific services tailored to adults.

    What Adult Patients Can Expect:

    1. A personal adult treatment plan that can correct teeth alignment and minimise tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss and other oral health conditions that arise as we get older.
    2. A shortened treatment plan because, as an adult, you are more likely to stick with the treatment plan and do the right thing with your home care routine.
    3. Use of State-of-the Art technology , like the iTero™ 3D scanner to take a digital impression that accurately create an image of your teeth surface and gum tissue.

    Why Adults Want a Perfect Smile:

    • To improve their self-confidence and facial appearance
    • Confidence – A sense that crooked teeth is the cause of self-doubt and shyness
    • Relationships – A feeling that their teeth are a contributing factor to how they are perceived by others in the workplace and in social situations
    • Medical reasons – Reduce the risk of gum disease, bone and tissue loss
    • Perfection! – A significant event or special occasion is on the horizon
    • To achieve overall happiness and well-being
    • A Feeling of “Me-Time” – Doing it for myself

    Orthodontic Services For Adults

    You are an intelligent, unique individual and our services are specifically designed to customise and personalize your treatment plan to suit your needs.

    If you are thinking about adult braces for straighter teeth or an improved bite, then you are not alone. Our team of highly qualified and trained technicians will use state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging to prepare your Orthodontic program.

    We will be able to advise you if the ” invisible braces ” – or Invisalign ® – will work for you and what you can expect before, during and after your treatment plan.

    We can answer your specific questions in relation to your situation:

    1. How much will it cost?
    2. Do you accept insurance?
    3. How much pain will I be in?
    4. How many x-rays will be taken?
    5. What do I need to know to be prepared?
    6. Will I need any surgery?
    7. What will it feel like?
    8. What can I eat?

    Our Consultation will enable you the opportunity to discuss your personal situation. Call Now to Schedule a Consultation.